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Rapid Deployment: Norfolk Public Schools migrates to ESM Purchase in four months

K-12 system moves quickly from ESM’s legacy platform A long-time customer of ESM, Norfolk Public Schools recently migrated from the old eSchoolMall solution to the ESM Purchase platform – in just a couple of months. The K-12 school district, based in Norfolk, Va., serves more than 34,000 students from nearly 65 schools and other facilities across the city in southeastern Virginia. Now, Norfolk is using ESM Purchase and ESM Sourcing to consolidate its procurement, bidding and vendor solicitation processes. ESM Purchase, an intuitive online ordering system, pushes buyers to an organization’s negotiated contracts and approved vendors, boosting access to rebates and other discounts. ESM Sourcing automates all aspects of sourcing, offering a collaborative marketplace that enhances supplier relations and integrates with existing workflows for quick implementation. Both solutions include flexible and affordable options for organizations of all sizes. A true consumer e-commerce shopping experience will increase adoption, transaction volumes, and savings. Watch the Video   Norfolk Public Schools is the latest ESM customer to launch our spend management solutions within just a few months of signing. Other rapid deployment examples include: Gonzaga – 2 months from start to first transactions [link if it is live on time..] CalState – Go live at the first 10 campuses in 4 months [link] Suny Cortland – 4 months to go live[link] “After their experiences with other vendors, many of our new customers worry that deployment will take as long as a year. That’s not the way we do things.” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “In the world of eProcurement, rapid deployment equals rapid returns. Our team works hard with our customers to get them...

ESM to automate procurement, sourcing for City of Santa Monica

Beachfront California city selects ESM Purchase, ESM Sourcing The City of Santa Monica is the latest organization to automate procurement and streamline sourcing with ESM’s cloud-based spend management solutions. The beachfront community in western Los Angeles County, California, is home to about 90,000 people and, over the next two years, will have a $1.5 billion biennial budget. Santa Monica will deploy both ESM Purchase, ESM’s eProcurement solution, and ESM Sourcing, ESM’s online solution for bids and vendor solicitation. Using them together, the city will simultaneously improve visibility, control, and transparency of its spend, and find new opportunities to save. With an intuitive user interface, ESM Purchase offers a consumer shopping experience where organizations can send users directly to approved vendors and negotiated contracts, cutting back on maverick spend and boosting savings. Related Resources Consumer Shopping Interface eProcurement Solution Quotes & Bids Solution   ESM Sourcing lets users automate the entire process for bids, RFPs and vendor selection. With tools that allow for online collaboration and communication, the solution makes it easier for organizations to engage more prospective suppliers and secure more competitive bids to get the best prices, terms and agreements. ESM’s solutions are flexible and affordable, meeting the needs of organizations of all sizes. “Towns and cities across the country are stretching their budget dollars further than they have ever had to before. Our focus has always been on developing a product that not only meets their needs, but also fits in those tight budgets,” said ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli. “We look forward to a rapid deployment in Santa Monica and can’t wait to see how much they...

‘Currents of Collaboration’ theme of next week’s NACUBO annual meeting

ESM to showcase solutions that are helping campuses control spend, find savings, and do more With session tracks such as “financing the enterprise” and “mitigating risk and compliance,” attendees at next week’s NACUBO annual meeting will be exploring ways to improve risk management; to cut costs; and spend more responsibly. The six-day event, which starts July 27, is the annual gathering of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. This year’s theme is “Currents of Collaboration,” focusing on the “power of higher education and the role of the chief business officer in navigating connections and steering diverse teams toward a shared vision for the future.” Indeed, collaboration has been key for many campuses trying to survive and recover after a tricky decade for higher education institutions across the country. A recession, budget and funding cuts, increased competition for students and higher costs have made for tighter than usual times on many U.S. campuses. Related Resources: Risk & Compliance Amazon Decision Guide ERP vs. ePRocurement In fact, to stay afloat, some institutions have merged. Others, including ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli’s alma mater, have completely shut down. At the annual meeting, ESM will showcase some of the solutions that institutions across the country are relying on to save thousands of dollars - or more - a year. For example, when Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana automated procurement with ESM, they cut the number of office suppliers from 52 to 1 and reduced office spend by 40 percent. And when the massive California State University system deployed ESM’s eProcurement solution, campuses enjoyed positive ROI in just five months and...

University of Southern Indiana extends contract with ESM

Evansville University to continue procurement savings We’re thrilled to announce that the University of Southern Indiana has extended its contract with ESM for another five years. The university, based in Evansville, Ind., originally signed on with ESM to use ESM Purchase, an eProcurement solution, three years ago. The public university serves more than 10,000 students, who are working toward associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. With ESM Purchase, Southern Indiana has gained better control and visibility of its spend. The easy-to-use solution allows for automated workflows to reduce errors and integrates with an organization’s ERP or other financial system of record. What’s more, the intuitive online solution offers a consumer shopping experience that is quickly deployed and adopted. Those fast deployment and adoption rates lead to rapid returns as users shop from pre-approved vendor contracts, maximizing rebates and providing more opportunities for discounts. ESM Purchase also is affordable, built to meet the budget and needs of organizations of any size. “It’s always a big win when a customer decides to stick with you for five more years,” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “We’re excited to see how much more time and money Southern Indiana saves as it continues with ESM Purchase integrated with its Banner Financial...

ESM extends partnership with E&I Cooperative Services

Five-year collaboration deal inked ESM, a leading provider of spend management and eProcurement solutions, announced today that the company has extended its ongoing partnership with E&I Cooperative Services, the country’s largest, member-owned, not-for-profit purchasing cooperative. The five-year agreement gives E&I members easy access to ESM’s suite of spend management solutions. ESM’s affordable, flexible applications help organizations reduce off-contract spend, manage contracts and develop strategic supplier relationships. It is the only suite of spend management solutions built specifically for the education, regional government and nonprofit sectors. As part of the partnership, E&I members don’t need to go through the RFP process to secure ESM’s eProcurement solutions. Instead, using E&I’s competitive award, institutions can sign on directly with ESM, saving time and money. The partnership also connects ESM to E&I’s more than 4,000 members in higher education and K-12 school systems. The alliance will help ESM generate leads and shorten the selling cycle as it offers opportunities for organizations to reduce spend. “We’re excited to continue our strong partnership with E&I and offer its members spend management solutions that allow them to stretch their budget dollars,” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “We have been thrilled so many E&I members have signed on with us over the years. We look forward to more E&I members joining the ESM family during the next five...